Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk nursing minor injuries

Phil Kessel will be in the Leafs lineup Tuesday night. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)

Phil Kessel will be in the Leafs lineup Tuesday night. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

TORONTO - Phil Kessel departed Maple Leafs practice on Monday at the MasterCard Centre.

Kessel, the Leafs’ most dangerous forward, returned after 20 minutes.

Then, linemate James van Riemsdyk disappeared into the dressing room, and did not return.

But coach Randy Carlyle didn’t so much as raise an eyebrow, no matter that two-thirds of his best line are nursing minor ailments.

“I have been told they are both available tomorrow night (when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Leafs),” Carlyle said. “Players have various bumps and bruises, muscle strains, we have people with taped elbows and wrists and ankles. Those things happen over the course of the season.


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